Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, is rumoured to be in development, with a September release currently tipped. TechCrunch suggests users will get their first glimpse of iOS 5 at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in June this year.
The blog also claims that the rejigged iOS 5 will be heavily dependent on cloud capabilities, a rumour that’s in line with previous reports about a new streaming iTunes, or even a ‘music locker’ service.
Meanwhile, reports of a new graphical interface for iOS have emerged from AppleInsider, who uncovered a patent for a new, ‘more engaging way of browsing content.’
The patent points out that data such as contacts are largely displayed as text lists, although a system of images could also be employed to organize contacts, using tiled pictures or a dynamically generated mosaic. Likewise, contacts who worked for the same company could be grouped under a single image in much the same way iTunes groups artists.
“Unlike an alphabetically organized address book, this interface may allow [the] electronic device… to provide an address book that is intuitive to the user, and may enable a user to quickly call a number of users from the same contact group in succession,” reads the patent application.